Cleburne downs Lubbock Monterey to force Game 3

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Cleburne pulled even with Lubbock Monterey, beating the Plainsmen 5-2 Friday in a Class 4A Region I semifinal series at Hardin-Simmons University.

Game 3 is at noon Saturday at Abilene Cooper High School, with the winner advancing to the regional finals.

Cleburne (30-5-1) scored all of its runs with two outs.

The Plainsmen led 1-0 after two innings, but the Yellow Jackets responded with a pair of runs in the second to take a lead they would not relinquish.

After Cleburne’s Stevan Martinez reached on a walk, he advanced to third when Monterey pitcher Camden Arnold (6-1) misfired on a pickoff attempt. Martinez scored on a wild pitch for a 1-1 tie.

After Tyler Fowler and Dylan Schneider drew back-to-back walks for Cleburne, Jacob Martin singled, and Fowler scored on a Monterey error. Cleburne led 2-1, then added two runs in the fourth.

Spencer Suitt got things started with a two-out single. Martinez laid down a bunt and Monterey committed another throwing error. The throw went down the first-base wall, allowing Suitt to score from first and moving Martinez to third.

Cleburne’s Garrett Buckner reached on a third Monterey error, allowing Martinez to score for 4-1.

Cleburne added an insurance run in the top of the sixth on Buckner’s RBI single, which scored Suitt.

The Plainsmen (31-9) threatened to rally in the bottom of the seventh.

After two quick outs, Monterey’s Hunter Spaeth singled, then advanced to second base on a Cleburne throwing error. Evan Gayler doubled to score Spaeth.

Blake Walden drew a walk to put two men on for Travon Benton, who represented the game-tying run at the plate, but Fowler got a flyout to right field to end the threat.

Fowler (3-1) pitched a complete game for the win, allowing six hits, two runs and five walks with two strikeouts.

Suitt went 2 for 3 and scored twice. Martin was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a triple.

Gayler was the only Monterey player with a multi-hit game (2 for 4, RBI).

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